— Yoshinori Ono (@Yoshi_OnoChin) August 9, 2020
Long-time executive producer of Street Fighter, Yoshinori Ono, announced on Sunday he was leaving Capcom. This came in the form of a Twitter post in which he discussed his role as brand manager and how operating the Capcom Cup had changed in the light of events being canceled and pushed into an online only realm. Ono had been with Capcom for almost thirty years, dating back to some of Street Fighter’s earliest years.
Ono’s work in bringing Street Fighter IV out led to a resurgence for Capcom’s fighting division, revitalizing 2D fighters in the HD era. One of the most popular and well-received fighting games of last gen, the game sold over nine million copies across it’s multiple versions. More recently he had come under criticism for his handling of games like Street Fighter x Tekken, Street Fighter V, and Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite. There were also rumors that he had mismanaged Street Fighter VI, which is why the current game is getting a fifth season while Street Fighter VI continues to undergo development. How true these rumors are is unknown, but it’s worth noting Ono had been demoted in the last few years, going from producer to brand manager.